Andrae Crismon

Crismon

John 12:32 “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.”

In our human experience we confront the vicissitudes of life — joys and sorrows, hopes and disappointments, sicknesses and health. 

Even during this pandemic, we would be hard pressed to say everything about this viral attack has been terrible. We are heartbroken about the deaths of family members, friends and neighbors. Yet, in many homes, we have had the opportunity to spend more quality time with loved ones that often the hectic pace of our daily lives makes difficult to accomplish.

We see the tributes of support and encouragement for the essential services workers — especially those in the medical field. This is a good thing. The courageous women and men in the medical services field from the surgeon to the environmental services’ worker labor tirelessly to help care for persons impacted by COVID-19, along with many others in dire health straits. These workers, along with grocery personnel, law enforcement and other essential care workers, are heroes.

But there is someone else that it would be wise for ALL of us to come together and uplift: Jesus Christ. Without question, Christ is worthy of the entire world’s worship and praise.

He is worthy simply because of who He is. Psalms 113:3 (NIV) “From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised.” 

The words of David support this assertion. David wrote “I will bless the Lord at all times: his praises shall continually be in my mouth.” (Psalm 34:1) 

In times of plenty or lack —happiness or hurt, acceptance or rejection, sickness or health, God is deserving of our praise and commitment. Of course, there is no greater argument supporting lifting Christ up than the fact that He carried away ALL of our sins. Romans 5:8(b) “that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.”

This leaves the assertion that all of us should lift Him up. It takes relationship to praise Him for who He is. If you start by trying to decide whether you should praise Him for what He has done, do this: take out pen and paper and start “pro” and “con” lists. But before you write anything down, if you accomplished this task, it means you have been blessed with eyesight. 

You have the ability to comprehend. You have resources. You have …

Andrae P. Crismon, Sr. is the pastor of Higher Ground Worship Center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He is the author of “Pastor on Post: 30 Devotionals as Published in the Murfreesboro Post.” For more information on purchasing the devotional or booking Andrae for an event please go to: andraecrismon.org

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